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Rick Waits #47

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Full Name:
Rick Waits
Uniform #:
47

PERSONAL: Michael Richard "Rick" Waits…resides outside Tucson, AZ, with his wife, Annie…has three children: Kathryn, Michael and John…graduated from Therrill High School (GA) where he played baseball, basketball and football…pitched back-to-back no-hitters in high school…attended Clayton Junior College (GA) and Atlanta Baptist College…following his big league career, played and managed in Italy.

COACHING CAREER: Is in his second season as the Mariners' Major League Pitching Coach, but his fifth season in the organization…Mariners led the AL in pitching (3.17 ERA) in 2014, a new club record, and the bullpen led the Majors in ERA...spent three seasons (2011-2013) as the team's minor league pitching coordinator…worked in the Mets organization for 16 seasons…spent seven seasons as a minor league pitching coach; was the Major League Bullpen Coach in 2003, then spent seven years (2004-2010) as New York's minor league pitching coordinator… in 1993 and 1994 was the manager and assistant GM of the Parma Angels Baseball Club in Parma, Italy; Parma was the regular season and Italian Cup champion both seasons…was the Player/Manager for Rimini Pirates Baseball Club in Rimini, Italy from 1987-1989…was voted Manager of the Year in 1988, and the club won the Italian Baseball Federation Championship in 1987 and 1988.

PLAYING CAREER: Rick was a fifth-round selection of the Washington Senators in the 1970 Draft…pitched in the Majors over 12 seasons with Texas (1973), Cleveland (1975-83) and Milwaukee (1983-85)…compiled a 79-92 record with 8 saves and a 4.25 ERA in 317 games (190 starts) in the big leagues…had 47 career complete games, including 10 shutouts…tossed a complete game and defeated the New York Yankees 9-2 on the final day of the 1978 season to force the historic Yankees/Red Sox one-game playoff.

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